After enduring a slow start to their 2015-16 season, life has become even more difficult for Chelsea as they have been dealt a crushing blow.
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be out for three months with a right knee injury, which he received surgery for.
According to the Daily Star, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is refusing to hit the panic button and sign another goalkeeper.
“It’s a big blow. It’s not easy to have the best goalkeeper in the world injured, it’s not easy,” Mourinho said.
“But it’s easy to have one of the best goalkeepers in the world to play. And we have Begovic to play. He’s very, very good.”
Since the transfer window has already closed, the Blues would only be able to sign a loan player.
Fortunately, the Blues signed former Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic during the summer. They will stick with unknown 21-year-old Jamal Blackman as their primary backup.
Begovic will start between the sticks for the Blues against Everton. He has already made a start for Chelsea against Manchester City.
Blackman offers little starting experience, as he only made an appearance for Middlesbrough while on a loan deal.
It remains to be seen whether this devastating injury will squash Chelsea’s chances of repeating as Premier League champions.